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2014 Folger Gala



Wednesday, April 23, 2014



Folger Gala

Celebrating William Shakespeare's 450th Birthday

Tickets on sale now!


 

The Folger Shakespeare Library’s annual gala is its largest and most significant fundraiser of the year, providing vital support to the outstanding cultural and educational programming the Folger offers to the greater Washington area and beyond. And, as one of Washington’s most elegant social evenings, this special event is attended by the leaders of the social, business, government, and diplomatic communities.

 

Community leader and Folger Board member Susan Sachs Goldman is serving as the 2014 Folger Gala Chair. The Honorary Co-Chairs are the British Ambassador and Lady Westmacott. The Gala will be held on the momentous occasion of William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, and will coincide with the exhibition, Shakespeare’s the Thing, which will feature items from the Folger’s peerless Shakespeare collection, and will provide a fitting and festive backdrop.

 

6:30pm

Cocktails and exhibition viewing of Shakespeare's the Thing in the Great Hall


7:30pm

Entertainment in the Elizabethan Theatre

Aaron Posner directs "What revels are in hand?" featuring Zack Appelman, Michael Benz, Richard Clifford, Holly Twyford, and Fiasco Theater.


8:30pm

Black-tie dinner in the library's beautiful Reading Rooms


Zach Appelman recently starred in Folger Theatre’s Henry V, the highest grossing production in Folger history. Washingtonian’s Sophie Gilbert wrote, “Appelman’s Henry V is so eloquent, so engaging, that it’s hard not to leave the theater thinking of him as one of the greatest male characters Shakespeare ever wrote.” Appelman had a supporting role in the 2013 film Kill Your Darlings with Daniel Radcliffe, and has appeared Off-Broadway as Demetrius in Julie Taymor’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and on Broadway as Sergeant Fine in War Horse at Lincoln Center Theater.


Michael Benz played Hamlet in Shakespeare’s Globe world tour of Hamlet, where the Folger was the Washington, DC debut for the company. He received a 2013 Helen Hayes Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor, Non-Resident Production for his performance. Benz made a guest appearance in the season four Christmas Special of Downton Abbey in the role of Ethan Slade.


Richard Clifford is a renowned British actor and director. Among his Folger Theatre directing credits is the record-breaking production of Maxwell Anderson's Elizabeth the Queen. Other productions for the Folger include The School for Scandal, The Clandestine Marriage, and The Game of Love and Chance. He recently performed alongside Jude Law in the acclaimed West End production of Henry V. Clifford has appeared in such films as My Week with Marilyn and Kenneth Branagh’s Much Ado About Nothing and Henry V.


Holly Twyford is a Helen Hayes Award winning actress who most recently played Tranio in Folger Theatre’s The Taming of the Shrew. She was recently featured in the second season premiere of the Netflix drama House of Cards, and, in 2015, will star in Folger Theatre’s Mary Stuart.


Fiasco Theater will perform The Two Gentlemen of Verona at the Folger beginning April 17. Fiasco is known for staging Shakespeare’s most whimsical, timeless tales in stripped-down, music-filled productions. Their production of Cymbeline, which will be presented at the Folger from May 28 to June 1, was hailed as Top 10 Theater of 2011 by New York magazine. The play had two Off-Broadway runs, nearly 200 performances, and was honored with the Off-Broadway Alliance Award for “Best Revival” of 2011/2012. Their production of Into the Woods will be featured in Roundabout Theatre Company’s 2014/15 season.


Honorary Co-Chairs

The British Ambassador and Lady Westmacott


Gala Chair

Susan Sachs Goldman

 

2014 Folger Gala Committee

Jarrett and Nora Arp

Heather and Dick Cass

Vinton and Sigrid Cerf

Louis and Bonnie Cohen
Philip Deutch and Marne Levine
Lisa Fuentes and Thomas Cohen
David and Margaret Gardner
Maxine Isaacs
Carol and Gene Ludwig
Ken Ludwig and Adrienne George
The Honorable John D. Macomber
Darcy and Andy Nussbaum
Melanie and Larry Nussdorf
Herman J. Obermayer
David and Mary Parsons
Gail Kern Paster
Joanne and Paul Ruxin
Mr. and Mrs. B. Francis Saul, II
Mallory and Diana Walker

 

Honorary Committee

Speaker John A. Boehner
Senator Michael F. Bennet
Senator Roy Blunt
Senator Richard Burr
Senator Thad Cochran
Congressman Steve Cohen
Congressman Tom Cole
Senator Susan Collins
Congressman John K. Delaney
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro
Congressman John D. Dingell
Senator Mike Enzi
Senator Dianne Feinstein
Senator Chuck Grassley
Congressman Michael Grimm
Senator John Hoeven
Congressman Rush Holt
Senator Tim Johnson
Congressman David P. Joyce
Senator Mary L. Landrieu
Congressman John Lewis
Congresswoman Doris Matsui
Senator John McCain
Congresswoman Betty McCollum
Congressman James P. Moran
Senator Lisa Murkowski
Congressman Thomas Petri
Congresswoman Chellie Pingree
Senator Mark Pryor
Senator Jack Reed
Congressman Dave Reichert
Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez
Senator Charles E. Schumer
Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter
Congressman Pat Tiberi
Senator Tom Udall
Senator Mark R. Warner
Congressman Henry A. Waxman
Senator Roger F. Wicker
Congressman Roger Williams

 
Zach Appelman



Michael Benz



Richard Clifford



Holly Twyford



Fiasco Theater



Additional Information

For more information, contact:

Winnie Robinson

wrobinson@folger.edu

(202) 675-0377



Sponsorship Benefits for Individuals

Sponsorship Benefits for Corporations


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Gala Sponsors

Lead Sponsors

Susan Sachs Goldman

Carol and Gene Ludwig

Mr. and Mrs. Mark Pigott KBE


Prime Sponsors

Vinton and Sigrid Cerf

The Honorable John D.

    Macomber


Major Sponsors

The Lee and Juliet

   Folger Fund

Herman J. Obermayer

Mr. and Mrs. B. Francis

   Saul, II


Sponsors

Jarrett and Nora Arp

Louis and Bonnie Cohen

Lisa Fuentes and

    Thomas Cohen

David and Margaret Gardner

Stephen H. Grant

Maxine Isaacs

Edward and Patricia Leahy

Susan Carmel Lehrman

Darcy and Andy Nussbaum

Melanie and Larry Nussdorf

Mary and David Parsons

Gail Kern Paster

Stuart and Mimi Rose

Mallory and Diana Walker


Patrons

David Bradt and Diane Tipton

The Lord Browne of Madingley

Twiss and Patrick Butler

Heather and Dick Cass

Nicky and Steve Cymrot

Philip Deutch and

    Marne Levine

Dominion

Florence and Peter D. Hart

Wyatt R. and Susan N. Haskell

Catherine Held

Betsy K. Karel

Ken Ludwig and

    Adrienne George

John and Connie McGuire

Roger and Robin Millay

The Mosaic Foundation

   (of R. and P. Heydon)

Joanne and Paul Ruxin

Philip and Tricia Winterer

Nyla and Gerry Witmore

Phyllis Jane Young





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